Simple Guide to Creating a Traditional Scrapbook, Step #3: Cover Page

Simple Guide to Creating a Traditional Scrapbook

This week we’re making a cover page for our scrapbook.

For step #1 click here.

For step #2 click here.

To learn how to make your own embellished brads, click here.

Scrapbook Cover page Layout

My scrapbook is going to be just about my wedding.  I have made scrapbooks around one event, and have scrapbooks that include several events.  If you will be using your scrapbook for several events, you’ll probably make a cover page for each major event.

This is really all about your taste and how you want your scrapbook to look.  However, I’ll show you my entire process for my cover page.  Make yours however you like!

Scrapbook Cover page Layout

I had a difficult time deciding exactly how I wanted it to look.  I was getting hung up because this was one of the most important events of my life and I was afraid of messing it up.

But then I thought, if I don’t like it, I can always change it.  I can even have photos printed again even if I can’t remove them, use different paper.  You can always change your mind.

To get myself thinking, I sketched out a general idea.

I thought about the elements and decorations of my wedding.  I had a green wedding, as in eco-friendly, but it was also green, as in the color.  So that would obviously would be an important color throughout the entire album.

Another major theme of my wedding was branches.  I hand painted branches on the invitations, programs and lavender bags.  I also used branches for decoration.

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I used plain scrapbook paper and used acrylic paint to paint trees for the background of my page.

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I wanted a title for my cover page.  I wrote it out in pencil first and then used my pens to fill it in.  Then I erased the pencil.

Note:  Make sure the pen is completely dry before you try to erase the pencil!

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I used green to fill in the writing as well.

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I made a few embellished brads to use on my cover page.  This tissue paper is the exact tissue paper I used to make decorations for my wedding!

For the Embellished Brad Tutorial, click here.

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I had a difficult choice for my cover photo because my photographer took so many great photos.  I decided on this cool legs shot that I loved.  Not only is it a cool shot, but it also showed that we got married on a dock on the river, which I wanted to somehow show on the cover.

Then I chose some background paper for the photo.

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I like to use glue dots to attach my elements, but a glue stick works, too.  There are plenty of adhesive choices and honestly what you use is just based on your own preferences.

Here’s step-by-step of how I layered my cover page:

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The background page.  Plain scrapbook paper that I painted.

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Photo background paper.

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M photo.

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The title.  I put it off to the side and then cut off the excess.

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Finally, I added the embellished brads I made.

I am really happy with how it turned out!

Scrapbook Cover page Layout

Did you create a cover photo for your scrapbook?  Tell us about it in the comments or link to it in the comments.

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